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The Scope of Debt in America

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am
Lehigh Valley Vanguard

"You are not a loan." The organization Strike Debt uses this double entendre to unite debtors nationally.

Americans face a unique problem as usurious lending practices have become a norm, especially for the poorest of citizens, minorities, and students.

Many Americans work to simply pay down a debt that will never go away. Some are going into debt to cover basic needs every month.

Unfortunately, solutions to debt are not as simple as saving money, just not buying with credit, or refusing to take out loans. It is not useful to tell many of those with debt to "just budget their money."

"Financial planning" becomes a distant luxury for those strapped with massive debt.

[UPDATE] CFP - KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a, "Filth" / An open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by punctum books

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:33pm
KEEP IT DIRTY, vol., a, "Filth" / punctum books

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Filths savor nothing but themselves.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
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With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at http://keepitdirty.org/a starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."

SLSA 2016 - I Realigned the Cosmos: Lyric Poetry and Science

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:34pm
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 3-6 November 2016

I Realigned the Cosmos: Lyric Poetry and Science
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 3-6 November 2016, Atlanta, GA

Frugal Honesty - July 8 - 9, 2016

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 6:52pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver, BC

FRUGAL HONESTY

Keynote: Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes (2001), Certainty (2006), and Dogs at the Perimeter (2011)

"I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears . . . It's not really believable" - Andrea Tantaros, Fox News host, commenting on President Obama tearing up while announcing an executive order to curb gun violence and expand background checks in January 2016

"I actually think he was sincere. I'll probably go down about five points in the polls by saying that, but I think he was sincere" - Donald Trump, on those same tears

[UPDATE] The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, & Youth Media: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:50pm
Joseph Michael Sommers/ in association with the Children's Literature Association

The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media:
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers
Deadline: 1 November 2016

In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on that multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children's cartoon shorts such as Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928) and Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes (1930-1969); to full-length animated motion pictures such as the work of Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Nickelodeon; to Homestar Runner, video games, and flip books, if it's sequential art put into motion, it's on the table for discussion.

CCHA Eastern Division Conference (Oct. 20-22, 2016)

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:15pm
Community College Humanities Association

The Community College Humanities Association invites you to submit a proposal and attend our 2016 CCHA Eastern Division Conference scheduled to be held Oct. 20–22 in Providence, RI.

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): Call for Submissions

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:42pm
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/research/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For April we are receiving submissions till the end of the month.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): Call for Submissions

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:16am
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/reserach/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For the month of April we are receiving submissions throughout the month.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

Call for Papers: 'Consuming Gender'

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:56am
Assuming Gender

This special issue of Assuming Gender – an online, peer-reviewed academic journal from Cardiff University – seeks to explore the way gender is both presented and consumed through popular media and advertising. As Ann Herrmann points out in the article 'Shopping for Identities', commodities 'are characterised by their dual nature: material composition and symbolic meaning' (Herrmann 2002: 539). Consumer culture plays a significant role in constructing valid (and normative) identity categories with which consumers are encouraged to identify.

Seeking submissions that takes risks

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 1:50am
The Sunflower Collective

The Sunflower Collective is now open for submissions. We celebrate the personal and the political - which we believe to be one and the same thing - in art.

We would like to mention at the outset that we are not interested in art that does not take risks. We do not mind if you have a degree but we are unlikely to be impressed by it. Nor do we care which journals have published your work before. All we are interested in is something that sings for itself without any props, something that grabs us by our throat and refuses to let go, something that shakes us out of our complacent stupor. Give us something hungry, not bellyful; something beat, if you get our drift.

Beat and Hungry Generation: When losing became hip

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 1:47am
Cafe Dissensus

It was in the summer of 1999 when I first discovered Bob Dylan. I had heard his songs before and sang blowing in the wind as one of the prayer songs at my school's assembly. I probably did not have the wit and political learning to understand his lyrics back then. But later, when I studied Economics for my Masters, most of the Dylan's poems (songs) resonated inside my head. Then, through Dylan and his politics, I learned about this man who would spoil the rest of my life. A pop icon, crazy, almost bald, round-faced, ever chanting, dancing Allen Ginsberg: he who contributed significantly towards a change in perception of how the West looked at the East.

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